Taking Earth With You, In A Carry-On
April 20, 2012
Handgepäck by Studio Besau-Marguerre
“If you had to envisage life on some other habitable planet other than Earth, what kind of minimal hand luggage would you take with you?” That was the question posed to designers as part of a collective exhibition entitled “Another Terra / Home Away from Home” at this year’s Milan Design Week. The show’s theme was formed in response to NASA’s recent discovery of Kepler-22b, which, in turn, presented a breakthrough of sorts in the space agency’s ongoing campaign to find the “Earth’s twin.” Located 600-light years away, Kepler-22b was found to orbit a sun-like star but at a far enough remove to foster an Earth-like atmosphere, with the possibility of liquid water existing on the planet’s surface.
The whimsical objects submitted for the “Another Terra” exhibition are nostalgic souvenirs of a place, or former home, long gone and vacated. Studio Besau-Marguerre’s Handgepäck is a greenhouse in miniature, a micro-crystal palace enshrining the last vestige of our native planet, whose seeds will spread to populate our next home with “new gardens of Eden”. You know, just like in “Wall-E”. The plants will, thus, be on of our most valuable “carry-ons”, an integral part of building life on another terra.